Time to get the clippers out
After a warm and wet summer, trees and hedges overhanging the footpath may need a bit of a haircut.
Vegetation overhanging a footpath or a road can become a nuisance and can cause safety and accessibility issues. We need to make sure our footpaths and roads are safe and can be used easily by everyone, including kids on scooters, the sight-impaired, those with disabilities, and of course the postie.
Trees and vegetation on private property must be kept clear of footpaths and roads in accordance with the following guidelines:
- If the footpath is directly adjacent to a private property boundary, all vegetation should be trimmed back to the boundary (including hedges) so the entire footpath width is clear of vegetation. In all other locations, the entire footpath width should be clear of vegetation
- A clear space of 2.5 metres above the footpath, berm or walkway is required
- A clear space of 4.5 metres above the road is required to allow truck or bus clearance
- Where there is only a grass berm, clearance of overhanging vegetation is required to allow safe access for users.
If you rent a property, please check with your property manager or the homeowner to find out who is responsible for this task. Footpath and overhanging vegetation inspections take place in May, so your early attention may save you being issued a reminder notice.
Go to the overhanging vegetation page for more information on trimming overhanging vegetation